The Abrolhos Group will provide a voucher for  $300 for the slosson or equivalent and $600 for a WISC. We shall also fund the purchasing of a 2016 WISC licence. These children will also be qualifying for medicare sponsored better outcomes of mental health due to their associated disability, usually behavioural. This includes 10 one hour consultations with a psychologist which can be batched into longer sessions as needed for the psychometric testing.

Centrecare Family Services have kindly agreed to coordinate a list of psychologists in Geralton who are likely to be contributing to this scheme. We need to be evenhanded with regards to all psychologists in town. The AG will be the go to not-for-profit and Dr Kim Pedlow  shall be personally underwriting any overrun in expenses.

Yours sincerely

Kim Pedlow Chairman Abrolhos Group

The following guidelines will apply…..

We have expertise in assisting those in our community who have specific learning difficulties and associated social problems.  Our aim is to facilitate early identification and accurate assessment so that a range of options can be given to the families

The Abrolhos Group in time with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, the Education Department of WA and the National Institutes of Health in the USA recommend accessing timely educational psychometric assessments.

We recommend the following…

3 June 1999 …..meeting of Geraldton school principals, educational psychologists, paediatricians approved the following triggers for Educational Psychology Assessments for students at risk:

– Suspension or threatened suspension

– Remedial teaching for consideration of such

– Repeating a year or consideration of such

– Significant under performance

– School refusal

Educational Psychological Assessments aim to ascertain potential and compare this with skill and achievement. This would entail:

– Assessment of Intelligence eg. WISC or SLOSSON

– Testing of specific Learning Difficulties, particularly language based

– Assessment for Attentional Problems

It is deemed desirable to assess each child’ potential in the above manner prior to

engaging on any therapy such as behavioural modification.

For further information please check ….ADHD Shared Care Manual

Kim to follow up with the local school system..

Interest group is Kim Pedlow (coordinator), Paula Duggan, Heather Brett, Natalie Holmes and Anne Pedlow.

Latest event……Monday 13/10/14     2-3 PM          Paula Duggan and Kim Pedlow assisted by Natalie Holmes and Anne Pedlow  spoke to teachers at Beachlands School about learning and behavioral difficulties. How to access help.

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Links               Mac users may have to right click and download PDF

CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD Shared Care Manual

2 thoughts on “Learning Difficulties

  1. 28/07/14
    Initial discussion regarding public talks to raise awareness of learning difficulties and ADHD. What is auditory processing disorder?..action Paula Duggan, Kim Pedlow.
    Speakers TBC would be educational psychologist, doctor with interest, educator.

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